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Chelsea: Blues ‘ready’ for David Raya transfer battle

Chelsea: Blues ‘ready’ for David Raya transfer battle -Chelsea News

Chelsea are ‘ready’ for a summer transfer battle to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, according to reports.

The Lowdown: Raya in demand…

The Spaniard has been a man in demand over the last few weeks, according to reports, as he enters the final 18 months of his contract with the Bees.

Premier League rivals Tottenham have been credited with a serious interest in Raya as they eye possible replacements for long-standing number one Hugo Lloris.

The in-form goalkeeper, as a result of his contract situation, could be available later this year as manager Graham Potter allegedly seeks to bolster his goalkeeping options.

Edouard Mendy’s future at Chelsea is reportedly uncertain after he lost his place to Kepa Arrizabalaga.

A new report has now suggested that Raya could be at the centre of a tug-of-war in England as journalist Sam Dean of The Telegraph name-checks Chelsea.

The Latest: Chelsea eye summer move…

According to the reporter, writing on Twitter and in an article, the 27-year-old has admirers at both Stamford Bridge and Man United.

Dean claims Chelsea and Boehly are ‘ready to rival’ Spurs for Raya in the summer and Spain’s international is expected to cost around £15-£20 million.

The Verdict: Good candidate?

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has raved over the shot-stopper, who was also called up to Spain’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Raya’s distribution earned the plaudits of Klopp, who joked the shot-stopper should have a number 10 on his back as a result of his pin-point passing.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi also called the player ‘incredible’ for his saving capabilities with Raya having no shortage of admiration from top flight managers.

As per WhoScored, the Brentford mainstay ranks as their fourth-highest rated player in the top flight with no Bees player featuring over more minutes.

Indeed, going by the numbers and his reputation, Raya could be a brilliant candidate to succeed Mendy if the player does end up leaving.

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